(PM) — A New York airman from World War II will finally be given a proper burial in June, 75 years after his death.
The Press-Enterprise reports that a memorial service for Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers will be on June 5 at the Riverside National Cemetery.
Staff Sgt. Rogers’ remains were ID’d earlier this year after being found from the Pacific atoll of Tarawa.
He and six other crew members perished after their B-24 bomber crashed into a lagoon in January 1944.
The airman’s story is in an exhibit at the March Field Air Museum, which is near the airfield where he trained and the Riverside Cemetery. The exhibit features his letters and other artifacts of his service.